What was the Star of Bethlehem – and would it have been visible from the Isle of Man?
Those are some of the questions that Howard Parkin will be answering at the first network meeting of the year for the island branch of the University of the Third Age.
It takes place on Thursday from 2pm at St John’s Mill.
And non-members are invited to go along for a taster session to see if they enjoy it.
The island branch now has more than 140 members who have set up a wide range of interest groups.
From this month, the list has grown further, and now includes singing for pleasure, creative writing, music appreciation and a social group.
Vice-chair Ravina Talbot said the group entered 2014 in a good position, and hoped it would continue to grow.
She said the biggest success at the moment was the geology group. It is hoped that it will link up with a Geologists’ Association field trip to the island in September.
A highlight of 2013 was guest speaker Dr Paul Bradley, a junior doctor at Noble’s Hospital, who spoke about his expedition to achieve a life-long ambition to climb Mount Everest. Members were so moved, a collection after the talk raised more than £200 for the Jack Quirk Renal Fund.
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